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Closing remarks at CopyleftConf 2020
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If we agree that software freedom is an ethical movement, then what are our responsibilities for the ethical issues that licenses don't currently cover? Karen will lead a friendly and constructive discussion to see if we can answer these questions. * What can we learn from or with the ethical licensing movement? * Feasability; Do we think ethical clauses are enforceable? How do we think that these new clauses would affect adoption? * What have we learned about enforceability and adoption of...
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The increased debate around ethical source threatens to divide the OSS community. In his book "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions", philosopher Thomas Kuhn posits that there are three possible solutions to a crisis like the one we're facing: assimilation, procrastination, or revolution. Which will we choose as we prepare for the hard work of reconciling ethics and open source?
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The container ecosystem values speed over following licenses. Is there a legal or technical solution where developers don't need to favor that speed over their licensing obligations? We'll facilitate a discussion for the community on the realities of the situation. Package maintainers lovingly curate license information in their metadata so that a package always informs users of their rights. Developers routinely remove this license information in the container context in the quest to have the...
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This is a panel about using copyleft in context. You'll hear from folks who have experience with copyleft in a variety of business settings. Questions about governance, setting goals and expectations or building a culture that supports copyleft usage are all welcome.
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Copyleft adoption has changed significantly over time, both slowly increasing (with a peak in the early 2000s) and slowly decreasing—or arguably stalling nearly completely, depending on how one chooses to interpret the low acceptance of network copylefts. This talk will survey the many factors that drive adoption, with particular focus on learning from the very different adoption curves of GPL v2 and Affero GPL v3. While some factors are obvious and reasonably well-understood (particularly...
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Engineers have collaborated on software since they've written software all the way back through the 1950s. In the past few years we have begun to see people argue for a different definition of open source software and raise concerns for the sustainability of the ecosystem. This talk looks at the underpinnings of those concerns, and how the future of free software is an anchor going forward. Copyright applied to computer software is a relatively new construct. Engineers that have collaborated on...
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The Internet of Things is broken. Today, installing an IoT product in your home is an act of faith. That goes much deeper than optimism the product will deliver on the promises in its marketing materials. It goes beyond expecting timely security patches and ongoing feature enhancements. You must believe the manufacturer will respect your privacy. You must trust that they won't permanently disable the product you bought when they go out of business. You have to hope they won't sue when you try...
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Open access in scientific publications is much more fragile than other free, open, and copyleft movements. We need to make open access closer to these movements in order to protect it better. Free and Open Source Software; Creative Commons; Public Domain, including exceptions to copyright; Open Access in scientific publications have been attacked throughout the years by disinformation, technologies like DRM, limitations by the law. But contrary to other free culture movements, open access is...
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Amazon makes a “free” game engine that is a source available and royalty free. No one is arguing that it is Free Software or “open source” but an interesting term caught my eye and made me wonder, do I know what “copyleft” means? Do I know what it means in the context of this license agreement? The Lumberyard License says “you may not …. take any action that would require us or you to license, distribute, or otherwise make available to anyone the Lumberyard Materials under...
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The Samba project has traditionally been one of the strongest proponents of Copyleft licensing and Free Software. However, in the Corporate Cloud-first world we find ourselves, traditional enforcement mechanisms have not been effective. How do we achieve the goals of the Free Software movement in this new world and how do we need to change what we're doing to be successful ? Traditional license enforcement doesn't seem to work well in the Cloud and for the modern software environment we find...
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Is an open source project a work of joint-authorship? a collective work? something else? This talk will cover the criteria used to determine which collaborative authorship model applies to a given work, the impact different models have on the rights of contributors, and recommendations for establishing a collaborative authorship model that serves the needs of your open source project. When a work is authored collaboratively, a number of legal mechanisms can be employed to allocate copyright...
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Opening comments and keynote at CopyleftConf 2020
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This talk argues that copyleft should not extend to APIs as such, even where jurisdictions have explicitly recognized API copyrightability. Existing copyleft licenses like those of the GPL family should not be re-interpreted to apply copyleft conditions to mere interfaces. Drafters of novel copyleft licenses should not attempt to impose copyleft requirements on the mere use or copying of APIs. In Oracle v. Google a U.S. appellate court held that APIs (specifically, the Java SE APIs) were...
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Copyleft generally uses copyright rules to yield software and cultural freedoms. We have seen some these important rights curtailed in recent years. This panel will explore whether copyleft needs updating either because of the changing policy landscape or because of the way we interact with technology. Copyleft is the strongest tool in our toolbox, so we obviously reach for it. Can that work to solve these problems?
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